State teachers union’s radio ad is one big lie

We’re living in an era of extreme political voices, especially at the national level. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then our state teachers union, the WEA, must be blushing. Ratcheting up the pressure, truth be damned, has been its M.O. for some time now. The group is running newspaper ads and a […]

McKenna on KIRO: Oregon engineer fined for saying he’s an engineer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the case of Mats Järlström of Beaverton, Oregon, who appealed a red light camera ticket, noting problems with the yellow light timing. He brought the issue to the attention of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. The board was not only uninterested, […]

Seattle soda tax: Doing good or do-gooderism?

Seattle and taxes go together like peas and carrots. Just about every special tax levy to go before Seattle voters in recent years has passed: the low-income housing levy, a Seattle schools levy, the ST3 package, the Prop. 1 Metro bus levy, parks, city streets, and more. This year, Seattle is considering a city income […]

Teacher shortage? Sort of, but incentive pay could help fix it

That our schools face a teacher shortage is something that has been repeated so often, it’s taken to be true. One new study aimed to quantify the problem. So is there a teacher shortage? Not really. At least, there’s no shortage of teachers generally. But the study did find a dearth of teachers in some […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle city council wants an income tax

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Seattle City Council’s drive to pass a city income tax. Advocates of a state income tax are trying to pass an income tax somewhere in Washington to set up a test case at the state Supreme Court. Dave Ross: “We should just say up front, you […]

Inslee politicizes process for export project – to Longview’s detriment

Any large project in Washington must go through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. In the main, that’s a good thing. An EIS is how we spot environmental problems that could arise and identify how to mitigate those problems. That’s the theory, and for a long time, that’s been the practice in our state. But […]

Senate GOP taxes Dems’ patience

When something hits a little too close to home, we say it struck a nerve. A recent parliamentary move by Senate Republicans in Olympia did just that with legislative Democrats. They’ve been buzzing about it louder than the “Operation” guy. It was a simple idea. Since House Democrats haven’t bothered to vote on the tax […]

McKenna on KIRO: Kshama Sawant calls for blocking freeways on May Day

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Monday’s expected May Day protests in Seattle and how police are allowed to intervene. He also asked about city councilmember Kshama Sawant’s seeming endorsement of blocking freeways and disrupting the airport to make a point. Dave Ross: “Kshama Sawant, Socialist city councilmember, made quite a stir with […]

Here’s a thought: Open up secret negotiations and legislators’ records

We don’t make a lot of exceptions to this one: If you’re a public official in this state, you’re subject to the Public Records Act. Citizens can request your work documents and schedule, your e-mails and briefing materials. It’s important for building trust in the system and holding officials accountable. The Public Records Act applies […]

McKenna on KIRO: Odors that violate your property rights

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit by a Marysville man over compost odors. Attorneys for James Moffat alleged that smells from Cedar Grove’s composting facility in Everett interfered with his enjoyment of his property. A Snohomish County jury found in favor of Cedar Grove earlier this month. Dave Ross: “Somebody still […]